Big 2005 Movies

Films expected in 2006 and later are listed separately; so are films from 2003 and 2004.

IMDB has a more complete listing for 2005 and 2006 than I’ll ever have here and For potentially amusing spoiler information on many different movies, check out MoviePooper.

Expected in 2005

Jan 14 In Good Company Paul and Chris Weitz follow up their terrific About a Boy with an original comic script by Paul about an older ad exec faced with a 20-something manager after a demotion and a big merger whose friendship is threatened when the younger man takes up with the other’s daughter.

Update 2003-10-21: Dennis Quaid has signed on to star as a 49-year-old ad salesman struggling with major life changes such as a corporate takeover, a hard-charging young boss, a pregnant wife and his teenage daughter going off to college.

Update 2004-02-12: Cast news: Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) will play the younger boss, Selma Blair will play his unhappy wife and Scarlett Johannson (Lost in Translation) will play Quaid’s daughter, with whom Grace is having an affair. David Paymer (Line of Fire) will play another worker at the company.

Update 2005-01-01: Film changed names from Synergy and moved release date way up in the year.

Jan 14 Elektra Title is tentative but Fox has announced the deal is in place for Jennifer Garner to reprise her action momma role from Daredevil in a starmaking scenario, thogh this will not be an origin tale as the setting is after DareDevil
Feb 4 Wedding Date, The Looks pretty iffy to me: Debra Messing (Grace of TV’s Will and Grace) gets her first shot as the name star, director Clare Kilner is moving up in class on her second feature–her first was the Mandy Moore How to Deal–and the script is the first IMDB credit of any kind for Dana Fox. Personally, the trailer didn’t do much at all for me; the storyline is kind of a gender-reversal of the Gere/Roberts Pretty Woman idea where Messing needs a date for a big out of town family wedding and hires Dermot Mulrooney (?!) to be her boyfriend.
Feb 11 Hitch Will Smith is a doctor who develops a foolproof system that tells a couple whether they’re soulmates in three dates, Eve Mendes is the hottie/journalist who tries to find the flaw but (wow, shockingly) falls in love with Smith instead. Director is Andy Tennant who did the useless Reese Witherspoon Sweet Home Alabama as well as the not bad Drew Barrymore Ever After.
Feb 18 Constantine Keanu Reeves makes another comic book superhero film, this time starring as a detective who specializes in the occult, who teams up with Rachel Weisz (they did the underwhelming Chain Reaction together a while back) to investigate the death of her twin sister. The advance chatter is less than enthusiastic on this one, especially because Reeves (in general and based on the trailer) is nothing like the John Constantine comics fans know and love.
Mar 4 Pacifier, The Vin Diesel changes gears in a comedy that has overtones of Schwarzenegger’s Kindgergarten Cop and good advance word. He’s a Navy SEAL assigned to protect the widow (Faith Ford) and five kids of an American scientist; Brad Garret, Brittany Snow and Lauren Graham are also in the movie.
Mar 11 Robots Next computer animated movie from the director of Ice Age, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (A League of Their Own, Parenthood, Happy Days), and it’s being designed by William Joyce (A Bug’s Life)

Update 2003-06-10: The director’s name, which I left out of the previous newsbit, is Chris Wedge. A bunch of the voice cast has been announced and it includes: Mel Brooks, Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor, Drew Carey, Jim Broadbent, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy and Harland Williams.The film is set complete robot-populated world except, of course, the robots will act just like people with metal bodies just as in Ice Age and, for that matter, Lion King the animal characters acted like people in animal costumes. Should be visually entertaining and the writers have a track record in creating good characters.

Mar 18 Melinda and Melinda Woody Allen writes and directs, but leaves the role he’d play in his younger days to Will Farrell. Lovely Aussie Radha Mitchell stars in parallel stories that depend on two radically different answers to the same life-changing situation. As usualy, Allen has a big cast of good actors and sets it in New York City.
Apr 1 Sin City Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller bring Miller’s graphic novels to the screen in a widely-anticipated film with a huge cast of big name actors: Bruce Willis, Elijah Woods, Benicio del Toro, Jamie King, Clive Owen, Nick Stahl and more.

Update 2005-02-17: Changed main movie URL to official site. Previously pointed to Box Office Prophets Sin City page. Just watched the trailer, this looks awesome!

Apr 8 Unleashed Jet Li and Morgan Freeman star in an action film from the creative team behind The Transporter, writer/producers Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) and Robert Mark Kamen and director Louis Leterrier.

Update 2005-01-28: Previously known as Danny the Dog, this long-delayed flick features Li as a man raised from early childhood by a gangster (Bob Hoskins) to be a pure fighting machine. Kept in a cage, never taught to read or write, and to attack and fight any time Hoskins removes his dog collar, Li makes buckets of money in illegal gladiator-style fights.

One day Hoskins has a car accident that leaves him in a coma and Li is let loose to fend for himself in the aftermath. Freeman, a blind piano teacher, takes him in; Kerry Condon is the romantic interest. The gangsters come looking for Li…

Apr 8 In Her Shoes Curtis Hanson follows up the Eminem hit 8 Mile with this straight/party sisters clash comedy. Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette star, with Shirley MacLaine as their grandmother in a story based on Jennifer Weiner’s comic novel, adapted by Oscar-nominated Erin Brockovich screenwriter Susannah Grant.
Apr 8 Fever Pitch The Farrelly Brothers and Jimmy Fallon team up to Americanize a great Nick Hornby novel about a man whose life revolves around his love for English soccer team Arsenal; this version substitutes Fallon for Colin Firth and the Red Sox for the Gunners. Troubling me more than a bit is that the Farrelly brothers aren’t known for subtlety or grace but more for yucks and gross outs.
Apr 22 Game of Their Lives, The The true story of the American soccer team who pulled off one of the sporting world’s most stunning upsets, defeating the powerhouse English in the 1950’s World Cup. The film will be written and directed by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the team that did Rudy a few years back.

Leading roles will be played by Gerard Butler (Timeline, the second Lara Croft mishegas), Wes Bentley (the creepy neighbor kid from American Beauty), Zachary Ty Bryan (the tall blonde kid from Home Improvement, Jay Rodan, Louis Mandylor, Costas Mandylor, Gavin Rossdale (lead singer of rock band Bush), Jimmy Jean-Louis and Nelson Vargas.

Apr 22 The Interpreter Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman star in Sidney Pollack’s ‘tale of international intrigue’ set at the United Nations. One warning sign: five different writers are credited in some way.
Apr 29 xXx: State of the Union Vin Diesel gets back in the game.

Update 2003-05-05: Release date now sometime in Summer, 2005.

Update 2003-10-03: Oops. Diesel decided not to film back to back sequels and will do Riddick and not this one. Instead Ice Cube will play the three-time loser turned secret agent (the new focus of the series, which Revolution Studios still hopes will become a longlived franchise) and the film will focus on the thriller aspects rather than the Diesel-based extreme sports angle of the first movie.

Coming aboard as director will be Lee Tamahori (Mulholland Falls, Along Came a Spider, and the most recent Bond, Die Another Day), replacing Rob Cohen. Tamahori, another New Zealander, must be a busy man these days–IMDB shows him directing four movies to be released in 2004 and this one for June, 2005.

Apr 29 Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, The After inadequate radio and television versions, this science fiction comedy classic (one of my favorite series of novels) will be coming to the big screen! Production is allegedly starting in Spring (2004). Garth Jennings will make his feature writing and directing debut, while Bill Nighy (the nearly washed up singer from Love Actually and Martin Freeman (Tim from The Office) are going to play Slartibartfast and Arthur Dent, respectively, while Stephen Moore will voice Marvin the paranoid android (which he did in the TV version).

Update 2004-01-29: More casting news: Zooey Deschanel (Elf, Almost Famous) and Mos Def (Italian Job, The Woodsman) will play Trillian and Ford Prefect, respectively. Def is an interesting (in a good way) choice to play a character few readers of the book would have visualized as a person of color.

Production is now scheduled to begin April 19 (2004) in London according to Variety.

May 6 Kingdom of Heaven Orlando Bloom will star in director Ridley Scott’s next big budget historical action flick, along with Liam Neeson and David Thewlis. This epic romantic adventure takes place in the 12th century during the time of the Crusades. Bloom will play a young blacksmith who becomes a knight, saves a kingdom and falls in love with the princess of Jerusalem while defending the city against the Crusaders; Thewlis plays a priest and Neeson Bloom’s father.
May 13 Kicking & Screaming Will Farrell is the grown son who never lived up to father Robert Duvall’s expectations; now they’re facing off as coaches of rival youth soccer teams in this comedy from director Jesse Dylan (Bob’s other son, he also did American Wedding) and the writing team of Steve Rudnick and Leo Benvenuti (the Tim Allen Santa Clause movies).
May 19 Star Wars: Episode III Anakin becomes Darth Vader in what Lucas promises will be the final entry in the saga.
May 27 Longest Yard, The Adam Sandler will star in and produce this remake of the Burt Reynolds classic tale about an ex-pro football player sent to prison who organizes an inmate team to face off on the field against a team of sadistic guards led by an even worse warden. Peter Segal, who directed Sandler’s Anger Managementand 50 First Dates, handles the reins here as well. Chris Rock and Snoop Dogg are expected to co-star with other names from the music world seen as taking part; one can only guess that Rob Schneider will find a role too.

Let me say upfront that this is just another example of Hollywood’s lack of creativity and a serious studio mistake.

Jun 3 Cinderella Man Ron Howard and Russell Crowe try to duplicate their Beautiful Mind success with this story of Depression-era heavyweight boxer Jim Braddock, who defeated champ Max Baer in 1935.
Jun 10 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married to each other and bored until they find out they’re assassins hired to kill each other in this action comedy from director Doug Liman (Swingers, Bourne Identity and suddenly hot writer Simon Kinberg.
Jun 17 Batman Begins Director Darren Aronofsky and writer Frank Miller show us how Batman became Batman, could be delayed until after Wolfgang Petersen’s Batman vs. Superman film comes out in 2004.

Update 2002-08-13: Petersen is looking to make Troy first, this is the story based on the Trojan War as declaimed in Homer’s Iliad. Puts Batman: Y1 back in the picture for an earlier start.

Update 2003-02-04: Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) has signed with Warner Brothers to direct the next Batman film, though no news on which Batman story (Year One, vs. Superman, etc.) will be featured.

Update 2003-09-13: Christian Bale (American Psycho, Equilibrium) will play the Caped Crusader.

Update 2004-01-06: Now reflecting the expected name. Joining the cast are Katie Holmes as Rachel and Cillian Murphy as a villain. Also, there are reports that the production is heading to Iceland for some fighting on ice while principal photography starts in London in February.

Jun 24 Bewitched Though more than 30 years have passed since the sitcom went off the air, this story of a witch who takes a mortal husband and tries to, but can’t, give up her powers still has legs. So Nora Ephron (You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally) will write and direct a bigscreen version that will star Nicole Kidman as Samantha and Will Ferrell as Darren.
Jun 24 Dukes of Hazzard, The I wonder how convential this movie remake of the 1970s white trash TV series will be given since director Jay Chandrasekhar and other members of comedy troop Broken Lizards wrote the script. Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville are Bo and Luke, Jessica Simpson will look mighty nice as Daisy, Willie Nelson is Uncle Jesse and Burt Reynolds is Boss Hogg. This could be the Summer’s big guilty pleasure hit.
Jun 29 War of the Worlds Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and David Koepp team up to remake the HG Wells/Orson Wells classic that keeps the Martians and panic but is set in our present day. Tim Robbins, Dakota Fanning and Miranda Otto co-star.
Jul 8 Fantastic Four The classic comic book series comes to the big screen in a big budget effort from director Tim Story (Jimmy Fallon’s American version of Taxi, Barbershop). Ioan Gruffudd is the team’s rubbery leader, Michael Chiklis takes a break from The Shield to get covered in rock, Jessica Alba is the invisible hottie and Chris Evans flames on; Julian MacMahon, the slutty doctor from Nip/Tuck, plays the evil Dr. Doom.
Jul 15 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up for the fourth time (Edward Scissorhands was their first and best collaboration) to make a movie that is much closer to the original Roald Dahl story than the fluffy 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder edition.
Jul 15 Honeymooners, The 50 years after Jackie Gleason created the unforgettable characters that he, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph portrayed so brilliantly, the people who own the rights have decided that (with Gleason and Carney dead?) there is a screaming need to make a new movie version. Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps are Ralph and Ed while Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union play the wives; the characters and setting are unchanged but updated to 2005. But I truly wish Paramount and the producers had chosen not to make this movie, even if it ends up getting good laughs, reviews and box office, because the original is such a cherished, treasured classic. Hell, the IDMB detail listing doesn’t even credit Gleason for creating the characters or story! I’ve railed against remakes and updates before but to me the bottom line is the production of this film is another prime example of creative bankruptcy in Hollywood–now if I could just find a judge to take the case!
Jul 22 Island, The Michael Bay makes big movies with lots of booms: Bad Boys I & II, The Rock, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman write them (TV’s Alias, Mission: Impossible 3, The Legend of Zorro). So you can guess what to expect to see.

Ewan McGregor stars in this science fiction flick as a “harvested being” who discovers what that means and goes on the run. Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Djimon Hounsou, and Steve Buscemi are the other big names in what will be Bay’s first film not produced by Jerry Bruckenheimer.

Jul 29 Stealth Director Rob Cohen (xXx, The Fast and the Furious) and writer W.D. Richter (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Big Trouble in Little China) team up for a big budget action picture. The movie is set in the naval air force of the near future and tells the story of an artificial-intelligence pilot who is brought aboard to learn combat skills from human pilots, when the A.I. pilot begins to have ideas of his own.

Josh Lucas stars as the senior pilot in the human wing of the naval air force. Sam Shepard plays the Captain who runs the program and becomes the villain when his plans come unglued.

Jul 29 Syriana More proof that real seasons no longer exist in the movie business (Meet the Fockers did $19 million on Christmas Day 2004!), this is a prestige, high profile picture that would only have been released in late November or December in the past. George Clooney fattens up to portray career CIA Middle East operative Robert Baer, who retired in disgust after the 9/11 tragedy and wrote the book that director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) used as the basis of his very relevant, very political script. Other names in the cast include Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Gina Gershon, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Alexander Siddig.
Aug 1 Green Hornet, The One of my favorite writer/directors, Kevin Smith, is attached to this project but apparently will only be doing the script. Since no director or star is signed on yet (1/1/5), I’m guessing that this update of the campy ’60s TV series will not see the dark of a cineplex screening room until at least 2006.
Aug 5 3001 Luke Wilson goes to sleep as part of an Army experiment and wakes up 1,000 years later to find that evolution has made everyone even more stupid than him. To be directed and co-written by Mike Judge, the creator of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill and director of 1999’s semi-classic geek film Office Space. Sounds a little like a live action version of Matt Groening’s Futurama except without the aliens and the dumb people.

Update 2005-01-01: Apparently the title may change before final release, IMDB now lists it as The Untitle Mike Judge Comedy. Also, SNL’s Maya Randolph plays a prostitute tricked into participating in the Human Hibernation Project with Wilson. Judge regular Stephen Root (Milton from Office Space, Jimmy James on News Radio) is also in the film.

Aug 5 Must Love Dogs The yummy Diane Lane stars as a woman unable to find Mr. Right after divorce whose family signs her up on Internet dating sites. John Cusack, one of my favorite actors, is in it. Also cast are Elizabeth Perkins, Alli Hillis, Christopher Plummer, Stockard Channing, Dermot Mulroney. Director is Gary David Goldberg (TV’s Family Ties and Spin City), from a script he wrote from Claire Cook’s novel.
Sep Bandidos From the ultra-prolific Luc Besson (co-writing and producing) comes this comic tale of two lady bankrobbers in the Old West, actually just south of the border into Old Mexico. Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz team up to show the muchachos women can get the job done. Directing are a pair of Norwegians, Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning; when I saw Sandberg’s name my first reaction was that this is a pseudonym for a baseball fan but a Google turned up other evidence.
Sep 16 A Scanner Darkly Richard Linklater uses the animated live action technology he pioneered in the cult classic Waking Life in this movie based on a seriously twisted futuristic detective novel by science fiction author PK Dick. Unfortunately, most of the films–Blade Runner being the notable exception–made from Dick’s novels haven’t fared well and, for worse luck, this one stars Keanu Reeves and Woody Harrelson. We’ll see…
Sep 29 Aeon Flux Charlize Theron stars as the titular heroine in this live action movie based on the 1995 MTV anime series. Karyn Kusama, whose previous effort was writer/director of the award-winning Girl Fight, directs off a screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who co-wrote the amusing Jackie Chan flick The Tuxedo and the less useful teen flick Crazy/Beautiful. Marton Csokas (Celeborn in Lord of the Rings, Yorgi in xXx) plays the antagonistic Chairman, while Frances McDormand and Jonny Lee Miller play The Handler and Oren Goodchild, respectively.

Note that the currently-listed release date of Sep. 29 is based on the announced European plans, the exact American release is not yet public.

Sep 30 Serenity Joss Whedon has gotten the green light from Universal to make a big screen version of his post-Civil War Western translated to a strange, post-Earth science fiction galaxy. Whedon expects all the TV cast members to sign on for the film including Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, and Adam Baldwin (as the psycho/solider). Could be very cool!

Update 2004-03-03: Title change but this is indeed the continuation of the Fox TV series Firefly. Production starts in June (2004). The movie is set about six months after the TV show left off, and centers on two passengers on board the ship who attract trouble to the crew.

Sep 30 Oliver Twist Roman Polanski will follow up his Oscar win with a new version of the Dickens tale of a lost boy in 19th century London. Ronald Harwood has written the script; he also teamed with Polanksi on The Pianist.
Oct 7 Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit The British animated duo finally hits the big screen. Totally funny, totally British, from the same folks behind Chicken Run, with our heroes chasing after a monster destroying vegetable gardens all over the countryside.
Oct Black Dahlia, The Director Brian De Palma and actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Hartnett will adapt the James Ellroy crime novel framed around the infamous 1947 Hollywood murder of wannabe actress Elizabeth Short. The novel focuses more on the detectives and the nastiness and corruption surrounding their investigation. De Palma really hasn’t had a hit in a while, since 1996’s Mission Impossible, will this be his big comeback?

Update 2005-01-01: Scarlett Johanson and Hilary Swank are now casted in the lead female roles.

Nov 4 Ice Harvest John Cusack is one of my favorite authors, and Billy Bob Thornton is good in the right roles. Harold Ramis has directed more than a couple of really funny films. However, I read the Scott Phillips novel which is the basis for this film and so they’re going to have to prove to me that the story about a crooked lawyer ready to leave his life behind is better on screen than on paper.
Nov 18 Walk the Line A cinematic biography of the Man in Black starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as wife June Carter and focusing on his struggle in the ’60s to balance stardom and substance abuse. Directed by James Mangold (Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted, Kate and Leopold).
Nov 18 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fourth film in the series is now projected for a Thanksgiving, 2005 opening. Script is once again by Steve Kloves, who wrote the first three, but looks like another new director, Mike Newell, will sign on rather than original director Chris Columbus coming back after a break. Newell, who has the Julia Roberts/Kirsten Dunst/Julia Styles Mona Lisa Smile due out shortly, previously directed such very different films as the Pacino/Depp FBI deep cover/mobster Donnie Brasco, the Hugh Grant romance Four Weddings and a Funeral and the Irish fantasy Into the West.
Nov 23 Brothers Grimm, The Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Brazil, Monty Python) directs this action-adventure tale revolving around the legendary German brothers and fairy tale scribes Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (to be played by Matt Damon and Heath Ledger), who encounter a real magic curse during their travels. Peter Stormare and Jonathon Pryce play supporting roles and Leana Headley a romantic interest.

Update 2003-11-13: Release date firms up a bit thanks to Coming Soon!, bonus on-set article from Reuters as principle photography completes.

Update 2005-01-02: Despite the last entry here, the film was delayed a year with Gilliam telling interviewers he will deliver a final cut to the studio in June, 2005, working on it during breaks from Tideland, another film that might come out in 2005.

Nov 23 40 Year Old Virgin, The The Daily Show‘s Steve Carell is the title character in the comic tale of a man paralyzed by a fear of failure with women whose confronted by three co-workers who’ve decided the time has come for him to change. Freaks and Geeks creator Judd Apatow directs from a script co-written with Carell; Catherine Keener co-stars. Could be a huge hit if they pull it off.
Dec 9 Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Another write-in request, this one from the maintainer of a leading fan website. Andrew Adamson, who co-directed Shrek and Shrek 2, will take on his first live-action feature with the first of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia tales.
Dec 14 King Kong Peter Jackson, looking for something to ruin his reputation, will take on this “lifelong dream project” immediately after finishing The Return of the King; he co-wrote the script with partner Fran Walsh and Rings co-scribe Philippa Boyens.

Update 2003-11-16: Jackson is scheduling principal production to run for the second half of 2004, targeting a pre-Xmas ’05 release.

Update 2004-01-27: Naomi Watts is now signed to star as the big ape’s romantic interest. Director Jackson said he will “approach King Kong as a drama, not as a fantasy, not as anything other than a straight drama and explore what would really happen in that situation and I think would be interesting;” production starts in August, 2004, Down Under.

Update 2005-01-01: Changed the movie’s link to point to Kong is King, which is not the official site but does have a great blog and director Peter Jackson’s video production blog.

Update 2005-02-03: Casting: Jack Black (not a good sign), Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis (Gollum in Lord of the Rings, doing the same acting behind the digitized image here as the great ape).

Dec 21 The Producers Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane have reached deals to star in the big screen adaptation of Mel Brooks’ hit show for Universal Pictures, with Susan Stroman directing as she did on Broadway.
Dec 21 Rumor Has It Rob Reiner directs Jennifer Aniston in the story of a woman who learns her family was the inspiration for the 1967 Academy Award winning film The Graduate. Shirley MacLaine plays the ‘real life’ Mrs. Robinson; Kevin Costner, Mena Suvari, Mark Ruffalo and Kathy Bates also star.
NDY John Doe Wesley Snipes stars as a super hero with no memory, but expect a name change before release especially if the Fox TV show survives to a second season. The directing debut of Zack Penn, who wrote X-Men 2 and Behind Enemy Lines.
NDY The Fountain Darren Aronofsky directs Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Johnny Depp in a “journey of one man in the present as well as both 500 years in the past and into the future. Among the issues it tackles are love, death and immortality.”

Update 2002-09-13: Pitt dropped out to do Petersen’s Troy movie and this flick is looking like 2005 if at all.

Update 2004-02-27: Rumor has it this picture may be back from the dead, with Aronofsky working to simplify the production in order to reduce the budget from $75M to about $40M. Hugh Jackman may step in to the lead in place of Brad Pitt. We’ll see.

Update 2005-01-01: Jackman is starring with Rachel Weisz as co-star; production allegedly began 11/01/04, so a 2005 release is possible but no solid date as of this writing.

Update 2005-01-31: Weisz let slip a bit more information while promoting Constantine; still no precise release date but almost certainly 2005. She said the movie is extremely original and centers around her and Jackman’s search over centuries for the Fountain of Youth, driven by the intensity of their love for each other.

NDY Tishomingo Blues Don Cheadle will star and make his directorial debut in this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s beselling mystery, with script by John Richards (Nurse Betty).

Update 2005-01-01: Reports are that a script is in hand but financing still to be finalized though looking good for a late 2005 release.

NDY Bob Dylan Anthology Project This Martin Scorsese project is planned as a documentary in a style similar to his The Last Waltz flick on Dylan’s backup group The Band focusing on Zimmy’s 1963 breakthrough and the cultural and political influence of his music. The film is expected to feature live concert performances, studio recording sessions and a rare interview with the singer-songwriter.

Update 2005-01-01: This will be shown as part of PBS’ American Masters TV series, not released theatrically.

NDY Lonesome Jim Steve Buscemi is behind the camera, directing from James Strouse’s script, on this family drama that will debut in Jan., 2005, at the Sundance Film Festival. Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler and Seymour Cassell are among the cast.

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